What I loved about working with Laravel was delving deep into object-oriented programming with PHP, as it was a much more elegant, versatile, clean way to code. It was much faster to set up function libraries using Controllers and RESTful routing. The most difficult aspect of this project for me had to be the database, which I ended up redoing about five times during the course of the project. I had to keep scaling it down, simplifying it, so that it would work with Laravel’s parameters.
One of the requirements of the project was that it would have three different views–a guest, a member, and an admin view, which I called “guest, subscriber, and administrator” for what is essentially my cookbook that I have been developing for years, geared towards various dietary restrictions. If you do visit the site and do not wish to sign up, use the dummy account “Peabody” and password “boysherman” to sign in. You can also read about the launch of this project at my technical blog.
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You can see (or download) the complete Style Guide (4 pages) as a pdf here.